A tremor reading 3.0 on the Richter scale was felt in several areas of the country around 9.50 last night, but at the time of going to press, officials were unable to say where the epicenter of the quake was.
Geological and Survey Department Chairman N. P. Wijeyananda said the monitoring stations at Pallekelle and Hakmana had picked up siesmic activity and officials were watching the situation closely.
“Something has taken place because tremors were felt at Nuwara Eliya, Hatton, Kelaniya, Kohuwela and certain areas in Colombo. We are trying to ascertain if it was an undersea disturbance,” he said adding that there were no reports of casualties or damage to buildings.
Last night’s tremor was the second in as many weeks and the third in the past three months. In April, a day before the National New Year, Colombo and several places in Sri Lanka, felt strong tremors, prompting the authorities to put the coastal areas of the country on tsunami alert. The April tremors were caused by a 9.0 earthquake in the seas off Aceh in Indonesia.